Presentation on theme: " Traps people in endless cycles of repetitive thoughts (obsessions) and in feelings that they must repeat certain actions (compulsions). Obsession:"— Presentation transcript:
Traps people in endless cycles of repetitive thoughts (obsessions) and in feelings that they must repeat certain actions (compulsions). Obsession: A young woman is continuously terrified by the thought that cars might careen onto the sidewalk and run her over. Compulsion: She always walks as far from the street pavement and wears red clothes so that she will be immediately visible to an out-of-control car.
People with OCD feel as though they don’t know anything with certainty Senses aren’t trusted—hand washing example May know that their obsession is “crazy” but are powerless to stop it.
Estimate that 4 million Americans have OCD at some point in their lives Occurs at all age and socioeconomic levels Usually appears before age 25 Tends to run in families Suggests a biological component
Exposure and Response Prevention Issue with germs? Touch something germy and DON’T wash hands Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Rework thought processes—severe avoidance of germs is unnecessary and unrealistic Body Focused Therapy Get out of your head and pay attention to body